M 5.8 in Taiwan on 18 Apr 2021 14:14 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID EQ 1265301
Earthquake Magnitude: 5.8M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: 23.87 , 121.535
Event Date: 18 Apr 2021 14:14 UTC
18 Apr 2021 22:14 Local
Exposed Population: About 2000 people in MMI VIII
3780000 people within 100km
Inserted at: 18 Apr 2021 15:41 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity : 3.6 ()


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GDACS score
NEIC 0.6 0.6
us6000e2mv Scaled population (raster) 3.66  
  C1 shakemap -0.59  
  C2 shakemap 0.53  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.82  
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Taiwan - Earthquake (ECHO 19 Apr 2021)Mon, 19 Apr 2021 12:26

  • An earthquake of 5.8 M at a depth of 10 km occurred in eastern Taiwan on 18 April at 14.14 UTC (22.14 local time). The epicentre was located approximately 14 km south-west of Hualien City (Hualien County). A foreshock of 5.4 M at the same depth occurred at 14.11 UTC (22.11 local time) approximately 9 km south of the 5.8 M event.
  • Following the 5.8 M event, USGS PAGER estimates that up to 1,000 people were exposed to severe shaking, up to 28,000 to very strong shaking and up to 200,000 to strong shaking.
  • As of 19 April, there were no reports of casualties and damage. The earthquakes were felt in Hualien city, across the Hualien County and up to the capital Taipei.
Detailed event map. European Union, 2021. Map produced by EC-JRC.
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (44), (2), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), WMO (1), USGS (5), INFORM (2),